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A. Ruth & Sohn Organs
By Matthew Caulfield

Having met Bette at the Seattle-Spokane NCA Convention a few years back
and having heard the Spokane Ruth -- and being a friend of Scott Olson
-- I'd like to help in the quest for Ruth information.  Pages 118-136 of
Herbert Juttemann's book is devoted to Ruth history and he also provides
some scales for various Ruth organs.  I can supply photocopies of those
pages, if Betty has someone who can read German.  If not I could
translate them for her, if I can find time (lots of small print).

The place to go for organ scales is Reblitz & Bowers' book Treasures
of Mechanical Music.  I find that I don't have the section on A. Ruth
& Sohn for some reason.  Ruth scales are scrambled scales, which means
that the notes don't appear across the music book in the order of the
notes on the scale, but rather in an order corresponding to the place-
ment of the pipes on the wind chest.  Makes it terribly hard to read
the book and also, if you aren't used to the scrambled scale, to punch
out the book.

Betty should also pick the brains of Tim Trager, Fred Dahlinger, Jr.,
and Gavin McDonough.  Gavin's model 37 Ruth is shown in color on p. 157
of Juttemann; Rosa Rogan did the beautiful facade restoration pictured
there.  Tim has forgotten more about band organs than I ever knew, and
Fred is an all-round band organ historian, as well as the historian of
Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisc.

Matthew Caulfield

(Message sent Thu 12 Feb 1998, 01:45:57 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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